Kingzone DragonX kicked off Week 2 of the League of Legends Champions Korea Summer Split with a 2-0 win over KT Rolster in Seoul, South Korea on Tuesday.
Kingzone (2-1) might have started the split somewhat awkwardly, looking disorganized as Mid-Season Invitational participants do early on, but recovered in spectacular fashion against KT Rolster (1-2). Returning to its tried and true strategy of early lane pressure and heavy roaming from mid laner Gwak "Bdd" Bo-seong, Kingzone smothered KT, taking convincing wins in both games despite drafting differing win conditions. Whether it was a Master Yi/Taric combo in Game 2, which in reality was carried by top laner Kim "Khan" Dong-ha's Dr. Mundo, or Bdd's brilliant Aurelion Sol in Game 1, Kingzone always knew where to funnel resources into, leaving KT unable to respond in kind.
KT Rolster was once considered a superteam, and still might be, but looked far from "super" status on Tuesday. From top laner Song "Smeb" Kyung-ho being practically non-existent throughout the series to an underwhelming performance from AD Carry Kim "Deft" Hyuk-kyu, who struggled heavily as Vladimir in both games, looking uncomfortable and unfamiliar with the new meta. The coaching staff takes its fair share of blame as well, getting out-drafted in both games, but KT simply lacked a spark of life here. It's telling that the best chance that KT had of winning a game was when a Taliyah-bug induced Chronobreak was triggered in Game 1, threatening to completely remake the game and erase a massive Kingzone gold lead, but once things returned to normal after the Chronobreak, there was nothing KT could do ro prevent being blown away.
Kingzone DragonX takes on Afreeca Freecs in a Spring Split finals rematch at 4 a.m. ET on Thursday, followed by KT Rolster looking for redemption against bbq Olivers at 7 a.m. later that day.